One of my favorite feelings in the whole wide world is randomly choosing a book to buy from the bookstore and ending up getting so involved and attached to the story in a way you never really think was even possible. I mean, it’s fiction–pure make-believe. And yet there I was during one midnight, crying hysterically while I was reading the last pages of this book as if the whole world just fell on me and I just hit the rock bottom-est part in my life. I continued crying for hours as I tried to fall asleep but somehow, the pain just kept on getting stronger and that’s when I realized that this book opened some locked-up gate inside of me that I just buried and never even gave much thought for quite some time now. Ahhhh feelings.
The story’s very simple actually–two cancer patients finding each other and well, together they experience love, adventure, happiness, and whatever else life has to offer. And while the book’s premise is pretty easy to understand, its raw insight and honesty made it a literary piece of near-genius, if not pure genius. What can I say, it just got me. I’m not even kidding when I say the pain I felt after closing the book was one of the most hurt I’ve ever been in my entire life. And even though it was just a mere work of fiction, there were a lot of things I got from reading this book that gave me a better grasp on my reality–and I think that’s when I started to hurt more.
In any case, I’m going to stop blabbering about my feelings and just share some of the lines that struck me the most. And by the way, this is not your typical dramatic and tragic love story ala Nicholas Sparks because I don’t read those. The story was told in a very witty, thrilling, funny, and uncomplicated way, and that’s precisely what I love about it. No sugarcoating. It is what it is (or was). So back to the lines that struck me…
— That’s the thing with pain, it demands to be felt.
— All efforts to save me from you will fail.
— You are so busy being you that you have no idea of how utterly unprecedented you are.
— There was never enough air in the world, but the shortage was particularly acute in that moment.
— No matter how hard you kick, no matter how high you get, you can’t go all the way around.
— You’ve gotta pick your battles in this world.
— I’m on a roller coaster that only goes up, and it is my privilege and responsibility to ride all the way up with you.
— I don’t think defeatism is honest.
— Writing does not resurrect. It buries.
— SOME INFINITIES ARE BIGGER THAN OTHER INFINITIES.
These lines don’t really justify the depth and insight of the book. These are just a few of the lines I really remember and the ones that probably spoke to me the most. But basically, the whole book spoke to me so I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book to anyone who wants a deeper understanding of life, love, and our inevitable oblivion. And with that, I leave with a spoiler-ish paragraph, where I think was the starting point of my hysteric bawling.